Costanzo Mongini:
"La Greca"


Costanzo Mongini:
"La Greca"

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Limited, 99 Copies | Numbered | Signed | Bronze + Shell Limestone | Handmade | Patinated | Certificate | Height 75 cm

Costanzo Mongini: "La Greca"

Original sculpture, lost wax casting, bronze, fine patinated, numbered, signed, certificate, shell limestone base, limited edition of 99 (total edition of 398, 299 in resin cast), 75 cm (h - incl. base).

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Italian sculptor (1918-1981)

Born in 1918 in Milan, the Italian sculptor Costanzo Mongini was in his earliest youth when he drew his artistic steps confidently at the art academies. To him, they seemed to be only sites of the exaggerated self-expression. Mongini wanted to preserve its own approach to the art and went his way as a self-taught artist.

Mongini covers without groping experimentation what corresponded to his nature: The study of the great art of the past and make the exact nature observation based with a symbolic value charged, volcanic explosive moment. "What is today called avant-garde, I am not interested", confessed the sculptor. The success proved him right, his triumphant bronze Church portal in Portofino has become a Mecca for art lovers from all over the world. Mongini realizes his sculptures, of which stands the portrait of Cardinal Ottaviani in the private collection of the Vatican, not as static but as eccentric and intensely provocative. Mongini came through exhibitions of Beirut to Munich to world fame, he is well known and popular especially among collectors in Italy, Germany, England, Australia, the USA and Japan. The artist verse trot in 1981.

An alloy of copper with other metals (especially with tin) used since ancient times.

Bronze casting:

When casting bronze, artist usually applies the lost-wax technique which is dating back more than 5000 years. It's the best, but also the most complex method of producing sculptures.

Sculpture "The Book Reader" by Ernst Barlachs is shown here as an example:

Ernst Barlach: Sculpture 'The book reader'

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 1

First, the artist forms a model of his sculpture. It is embedded in a liquid silicone rubber composition. Once the material has solidified, the model is cut out. The liquid wax is poured in the negative mould. After cooling down, the wax casting is removed from the mould, provided with sprues and dipped into ceramic mass. The ceramic mass is hardened in a kiln, and the wax flows out (lost mould).

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 2Now we finally have the negative form, into which the 1400 ° C hot molten bronze is poured. After the bronze had cooled down, the ceramic shell is broken off and the sculpture comes to light.

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 3Now the sprues are removed, the surfaces are polished, patinated and numbered by the artist himself or, to his specifications, by a specialist. Thus, each casting becomes an original work

For lower-grade bronze castings, the sand casting method is often used which, however, does not achieve the results of more complex lost wax technique in terms of surface characteristics and quality.

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Sand casting

Designation for an art object (sculpture, installation), which is produced according to the will of the artist in multiple copies in a limited and numbered edition.

Artist's multiple contributed to "democratization" of art as the work was made available and affordable for a wider audience.

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